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DGIM's Week in Review

Congratulations to David Asch, MD, MBA! He is the winner of the Association for Clinical and Translational Science (ACTS) 2019 Distinguished Investigator: Translation from Clinical Use into Public Benefit and Policy Award. He will receive the award in Washington, DC at Translational Science 2019, the joint annual meeting of ACTS, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR), Clinical Research Forum, and PhRMA Foundation. 

Dr. Asch will also be the opening keynote speaker at the 2019 Spring Summit for the American Association of Physician Leadership. 

Congratulations to Shreya Kangovi, MD, MSHP and team (including David Grande, MD, MPA and Judith Long, MD). They were recently awarded a three-year $1.4 million PCORI Dissemination & Implementation grant to adapt and implement the IMPaCT Community Health Worker model in three new healthcare organizations: the Pittsburgh VA Medical Center, the Wilmington VA Medical Center, and Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina’s Medicaid program. The study team will assess program reach, fidelity, and stage of implementation achieved for each site, as well as effects on hospitalizations among over 4500 patients receiving the IMPaCT intervention. IMPaCT is having impact 

Kira Ryskina, MD, MS has an article in the Journal of Post-Acute Care and Long-Term Care Medicine this month titled “Association between clinician specialization in nursing home care and nursing home clinical quality scores”. Using 2012-2015 Nursing Home Compare quality measures and physician billing data, she and her colleagues found that an increase in nursing home specialists per 1000 occupied beds in a hospital referral region was associated with lower use of long-stay antipsychotic medications and indwelling bladder catheters, higher prevalence of depressive symptoms, and was not associated with urinary tract infections, use of restraints, or short-stay antipsychotic use. Nursing home specialists (or SNFists – a term that Kira coined and is now being widely used) may have a positive impact on nursing home quality, although more evaluations are needed. Kira says these evaluations are in the works and I look forward to reporting on them.  Regardless, this finding is consistent with the literature that the more you do something the better you get at it.


Awards of Excellence

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